Monday, March 16, 2009

Photographing Gravestones an Invasion of Privacy?

A church governing board in Fayette County, Kentucky has written David Shannon, a genealogist, forbidding him to photograph any tombstones in its churchyard that aren't of his family members and publishing them on his webpage, http://www.oldunioncemetery.com. Seems they believe this is an invasion of privacy of the deceased (read more here).

Or more likely, a way of the public getting information for free that the church is offering for sale.

Just a case in point, tombstones are public information. And the dead don't have privacy rights.

If it weren't so sadly pathetic, it'd be funny, like one of Chris's Genealogy Exclusives.

Hat tip: Shared by Laura Prescott on Facebook
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